Aisling O’Connor: Fur and against ... where does Lady Gaga stand in the great fashion debate?
‘It takes up to 40 dumb animals to make a fur coat. But only one to wear it’ - a slogan which accompanied a 1985 David Bailey directed print and television ad campaign featuring a model strutting the catwalk with a bloody fur coat trailing in her wake. Powerful stuff from the now-extinct animal rights organisation, Lynx. As anti-fur pressure groups used shock tactics and celebrities to almost kill the ages-old love affair with pelts in the ‘80s and ‘90s, this new millennium’s luxe and retro obsessed commercialism is fighting back.
‘For those press and such who are writing about whether or not my fur is actually real, please don't forget to credit the designer HERMES. Thank You!’, cheeky words in 140 characters or less from the queen of envelope pushing, Lady Gaga last week in response to the backlash of her wearing a massive badger coat leaving her hotel in Bulgaria last week.
This comes less than a week after being photographed leaving Armani in New York wearing a just-purchased hot pink mink. And that follows Gaga ‘bigging’ herself up on her way up the celebrity ladder in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in November 2009. She offered that the thinking behind a bizarre jacket made of felt frogs, ‘I really loved that one in particular because I thought it was a commentary on not wearing fur, 'cause I hate fur and I don't wear fur’.